Controversial call in Maple Leafs-Panthers game.

Facing elimination, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a controversial call go against them in Friday’s Game 6 against the Florida Panthers

Toronto trailed 2-1 in the second period, but it looked like they were able to tie up the game on a goal from Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly.

Maple Leafs’ players celebrated the timely goal as the home crowd erupted in Toronto. It would unfortunately be short-lived after a controversial decision by the referees.

The goal was waived off after it was determined that the puck crossed over the red line after the play was whistled dead.

Fans in attendance were instantly upset with the decision, throwing just about anything they could get their hands on onto the ice.

Many around the hockey world shared their frustrations on social media, blasting the referees for prematurely waiving the whistle when the puck was clearly still moving around in the goalie’s grasp.

Just about every angle of the play clearly shows that the puck was behind the red line. That isn’t a debate. The refs decision to blow the whistle on this play when they did is what is certainly up for interpretation.

Given the extremely high stakes for the Maple Leafs in this game, you certainly have to feel for them after this controversial play.

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.